Le Grand Soir

dir. Benoît Delépine, Gustave de Kervern, France - Belgium 2012, 92 min
Polish premiere!


Benoît (Benoît Poelvoorde) has all the attributes of a punk: a Mohawk, a dog (to arouse pity when begging); he tattooed "NOT" on his forehead and he also asks to be called "NOT" as well. His brother Jean-Pierre (Albert Dupontel) is his complete opposite: a sales man, typical small cog in a big corporation, which he cannot stand. The first one kicks everything and anything, burps loudly and uses a fountain to wash himself in it, the second one is constantly frustrated and drinks too much. Two brothers have completely different personalities, lifestyles and appearances, but still they are equally lost. Finally, the brothers begin to get closer with each other, gradually resemble each other physically more and more, and become radicalized. We had no future, and now we do not have a past - they say.
This Belgian-French film won the Special Jury Prize in the section - Un Certain Regard at the last year's Cannes Film Festival. The directors, Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern have dedicated the film to, among others, Cloude Chabrolow but in the landscape of the suburbs, supermarkets, and a particular misanthropy you can also feel the atmosphere of "Hot weather" by Ulrich Seidl and "Seventh Continent" by Michael Haneke. The reluctance towards the modern capitalism is driven by an uncompromising punk energy which is an acute response to the contemporary European crisis. "Le Grand Soir" is also seasoned with a large dose of the absurd humor. Interestingly, the role of the characters' mother was played by the legend of avant-garde music, singer Brigitte Fontaine, and even the famous new citizen of Russia, Gérard Depardieu made an appearance as ... a fairy. 
Adam Kruk